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Monday, February 23, 2015

Accused BSF personnel still at large, IG constitutes probe committee

Malda, 18 February. 2015: BSF jawan Vasant Singh who is accused of gunning down his colleague Mulchand Ram and injuring three other BSF personnel yesterday is still at large despite the police and the BSF have been reportedly comb hunting him. Meanwhile, inspector general (IG) of South Bengal frontier Sandip Solanki has ordered a high level enquiry committee to probe into the firing at BSF headquarter of 20th battalion BSF in Baishnabnagar police station as learnt from BSF sources.

It may be mentioned that Vasant Singh after killing his colleague Mulchand and injuring three other BSF personnel – Prabhakar Bose, Jamal Sheikh and Surender Kumar, fled from the BSF headquarter reportedly in uniform and with an insas rifle. BSF authorities lodged a written complaint against him with Baishnabnagar police station.

SP Peasun Banerjee said that a thorough investigation was underway and police were trying all means to arrest the accused BSF jawan at the earliest.

Meanwhile Mr Solanki visited the injured BSF personnel in a private nursing home and spoke to the doctors. Later, he said, “It was an unfortunate incident that a BSF jawan was killed and three others were injured at BSF headquarter in Baishnabnagar. The matter was informed to police. Along with police probe BSF authorities are also holding a separate investigation.” He added that the condition of the three injured jawans was serious and they were under treatment in critical care unit (CCU).
 
IG-BSF Sandip Solanki speaking to reporters after meeting injured jawans on Tuesday
However, Mr Solanki refused to divulge the cause of firing claiming that nothing can be said definitely before the investigation report is submitted.

It has been learnt from BSF sources that senior BSF officials like DIG of Malda range Mr Raj Singh Rathore, commandant of 20th battalion BSF Shyamsundar Basadda are in the investigation committee of the BSF. BSF sources further informed that Vaant Singh even blank fired several rounds after firing rampant at the BSF headquarter.

SP Mr Banerjee informed police had been searching the accused BSF jawan by circulating his photograph. 

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